Nollywood actor, Abdullateef Adedimeji, has revealed that his acting career has not always been rosy, stating that he once battled with a lot of frustration.
Adedimeji, who is known for his smiling face, explained in an interview published by Punch News on Saturday, September 10, 2016, that his current jovial personality has not always been the norm.
Long before his emergence as a popular acting figure, the actor used to have sad moments while on set a movie shoot.
“There was a time I went to the location of ‘Omo Mushin’ by Murphy Afolabi but I left the set in tears when people were asking who I was.”
“Along the line, I joined Muyiwa Ademola, Adebayo Tijani and Afeez Owo and I told them of my intention, that I loved acting.”
“I was then informed that they pay dues which I did and ever since I became a part of it, I started doing one scene and gradually, the roles came calling.”
The actor also disclosed that his career challenges had prompted him to consider quitting the movie business. He was however encouraged by his colleagues to persevere.
“I have cried a lot out of frustration on this job. There was a day I cried and had to call Ibrahim Chatta informing him that I was leaving the industry.”
“I told him that I would dust my certificate and get a 9-5 job because I was tired and suffering. But Ibrahim advised me against doing such.”
“He told me that I could not leave at that stage because I was making tremendous progress. I also called Muyiwa Ademola and he said if a lot of people would leave, I should not be one of them and if I still insisted on leaving, then it meant I was mad because I was at a stage where things could only get better.”
“He advised me to endure the hardship for a little while if I really wanted to make it. He said that I should not think about the money but face the job and reminded me that there were people looking up to me; so I took his advice. With time, it is beginning to pay off and I know it will get better,” he said.